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  253.421.  Abandoned materials belong to the state — definitions — rulemaking. — 1.  As used in section 253.420 and this section, the following words and phrases mean:

  (1)  "Department", the department of natural resources, state historic preservation office;

  (2)  "Historic shipwreck", artifacts and remains of historic shipwreck sites which are over fifty years in age, including but not limited to a ship's structure and rigging, machinery, hardware, tools, utensils, cargo, personal items of crew passengers, and monetary or treasure trove;

  (3)  "Lands beneath navigable waters":

  (a)  All lands within the boundaries of this state which are covered by nontidal waters that are now navigable, or were navigable under the laws of the United States at the time this state became a member of the Union or acquired sovereignty over such lands and waters thereafter, up to the ordinary high water mark as heretofore or hereafter modified by accretion, erosion, river channel shifts, and reliction;

  (b)  All filled in, made, or reclaimed lands which formerly were lands beneath navigable waters;

  (4)  "Shipwreck", a vessel or wreck, its cargo, and other contents, reasonably believed to have wrecked or been abandoned at least fifty years prior to any permit application.

  2.  Under the Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987, 43 U.S.C. Sections 2101-2106, all historic shipwreck materials and such objects having intrinsic or historical and archaeological value which have been abandoned on lands beneath navigable waters shall belong to the state with jurisdiction thereto vested in the department for the purposes of administration and protection.  The department shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations for the acceptable visitation, study, and salvage of such historic shipwreck materials.

  3.  Any plan of regulated activities submitted by an applicant under subsection 2 of section 253.420 shall include authorized written permission from any affected landowner allowing access both to and from sites on the property and permitting any ground-disturbing activities on such property.

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(L. 2007 S.B. 198)


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